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Q: What is the National Consensus Model for APRN Regulation?

A: In 2008, the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification, and Education (LACE) was published. There are currently 45 national nursing organizations, including AANPCP, involved in this collaborative effort. The creation of this regulatory model will help to define the 4 roles of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) today at the graduate level, as well as serve to provide clarity and consistency in states laws, regulations and schools of nursing governing APRN roles, standards, and practices. The goals of the Consensus Model include increased transparency and communication among the 4 regulatory components of licensure, accreditation, certification, and education; and protection of the public by ensuring that APRNs are comprehensively educated and prepared to practice appropriately. The proposed implementation date is 2015.


Q: What does APRN "Core", "Role" and "Population Foci" mean?

A: For licensure and APRN credentialing under the APRN Consensus Model, requirements specify that all APRNs be educated in nationally recognized competencies of the APRN Core (advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment, and advanced pharmacology); the APRN Role (appropriate clinical and didactic experiences in 1 of the 4 APRN roles: certified nurse practitioner (CNP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified nurse anesthetist (CNA), certified nurse midwife CNM); and population-focused competencies in at least 1 of 6 population foci: lifespan/family, adult-gerontology, pediatrics, neonatal, women's health/gender-related, or psych/mental health.


Q: Will I be required to have a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree by 2015 to be eligible to sit for the AANPCP National Certification Exam?

A: The current entry-level preparation for NP practice is a graduate degree in nursing. AANPCP will continue to offer certification as long as you have a master?s degree, post-graduate (post-master?s) certificate, or doctoral degree from an accredited NP program. Changing the entry-level terminal degree for advance practice nurses from a MSN to the DNP by the year 2015 has been under discussion for more than a decade. It is a recommendation, and not yet a mandate.


Q: Where can I find more information on the APRN Consensus Model?

A: For more information and for references, please refer to: